Former Pop Idol Star Gareth Gates Overcomes Emotional Struggles on SAS Show

Former Pop Idol Star Gareth Gates Overcomes Emotional Struggles on SAS Show

Gareth Gates’ Therapy Journey

Former Pop Idol star Gareth Gates has disclosed that he needed six weeks of therapy to recover from his intense experience on Channel 4’s “Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.” The 39-year-old singer is one of the five famous faces who have advanced to the final episode of the show.

Despite being the instructors’ top pick to win the series, Gareth candidly shared how the grueling challenges left him deeply emotional.

Emotional Ordeal

Gareth Gates, who has battled a lifelong speech impediment, revealed, “I wept like a baby, both on the show and afterwards.”

He explained that the production provided him with six weeks of therapy following the show. Gareth’s journey on “SAS” led him to confront painful memories, particularly from his childhood, which he had never addressed before.

Bullying and Speech Impediment

The singer disclosed his childhood experiences, stating, “I was horrifically bullied and beaten as a kid due to my stutter, but I’ve never had therapy until now.

I just dealt with it on my own, but this took me to a place that I have never been to in the last 25 years.”

Challenges and Career Impact

Gareth Gates rose to fame at the age of 18 as the runner-up in the original “Pop Idol” in 2002, where he became a fan favorite and a massive star. However, he pointed out how his stammer had a significant impact on his career.

He stated, “It definitely held me back a lot. I’ve been asked to do a lot of things in the past, but the reason I’ve turned down so many TV shows and interviews is because I’m terrified of speaking. I do feel like I’ve missed out on opportunities.”

Increased Confidence and Aspirations

Despite the challenges he faced on “SAS,” Gareth credits the show for boosting his confidence. He said, “I do believe in myself much more.

I want to inspire, not just people who stutter, but anyone with any kind of impediment.” He expressed his interest in doing another documentary, hoping it will be a follow-up to his recent experiences.

The Show’s Conclusion

In the final episode of “Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins,” Gareth will compete against other participants, including Matt Hancock, Danielle Lloyd, Teddy Soares, and Perri Shakes-Drayton. The episode promises to be a culmination of their incredible journeys on the show.

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